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Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS

Program overview

The telecommunications industry has driven technological innovation and provided outstanding career opportunities for people with the right technical and leadership skills. New services offered through the Internet, mobility offered by wireless technology, and extreme capacity offered by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation, are shaping the telecommunication network of the future. RIT offers a unique program focused on telecommunications that develops the advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by future leaders in the industry.

The master of science in telecommunications engineering technology is designed for individuals who seek advancement into managerial roles in a dynamic telecommunications environment.


The program requires 33 semester credit hours of study and includes eight core courses that introduce essential fundamental concepts and skills. Each student is required to complete either a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The remaining credits consist of technical electives or other approved graduate courses.

Telecommunications engineering technology, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
TCET-710 Principles of Telecommunication 3
TCET-730 Telecommunications Policy and Issues 3
TCET-750 Wireless Infrastructure and Policy 3
TCET-670 Applied Research Methods 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology 3
TCET-720 Telecommunications Concepts 3
TCET-760 Network Planning and Design 3
TCET-680 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
Second Year
  Electives 6-9
Choose one of the following:  
   TCET-790    Thesis 6
   TCET-797    Graduate Project* 3
 TCET-795   Comprehensive exam  0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36



* The Graduate Project (TCET-797) option requires students to complete three(3) shrs of departmentalelective; The Comprehensive Exam option requires students to complete  six (6) shrs of departmental electives.

Additional Information

Transfer credit

A limited number of credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution to this program. Please consult the department chair for more information.

Other approved electives

All students may take up to three semester credit hour of graduate electives from other graduate programs subject to the approval of the graduate program director. Students often choose to include a course from the Saunders College of Business, the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, or Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The number of elective credits depends on whether students choose to complete a thesis, project, or comprehensive exam.

Comprehensive exam/project/thesis Options

All students must complete a thesis, a capstone project, or a comprehensive exam and suitable electives for each option to complete the degree program. In conferring with their academic adviser, students may propose  a thesis or capstone project topic that complements the candidate’s undergraduate training, career experiences, and graduate interests.  The faculty will grant a limited number of proposals based upon student qualification and suitability of topic. Both the thesis and capstone project are formal documents that reflect the candidate’s professional preparation and should be of an applied research genre.

 The comprehensive exam focuses on knowledge of the core competencies, theory and foundation principles, and application of this knowledge to a variety of scenarios

Research and cooperative education

Students in the program have the opportunity to apply for research projects or a cooperative education experience. While not a requirement of the program, these opportunities increase the value of the program and the marketability of its graduates.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in telecommunications engineering technology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

While GRE scores are not required for applicants submitting transcripts from American universities, they are recommended for those whose undergraduate grade-point average is below 3.0.

Career Outcomes

Recent Employers

Aircom International, American Fiber Systems, Boeing, Cingular Wireless, Cisco Systems, Current Communications Services, Dialogic (an Intel Company), ECC Technologies, Eli Research, Fibertech Networks, Frontier Telephone, Genencor, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, IBM, Inter-Tel Technologies, Lockheed Martin, MCI, Motorola, NMS Communications, Nextel Partners, NORTEL, OneStream Networks, Ostrow Electric, PaeTec Communications, Paychex Inc., PICS Telecom, Quick Eagle Networks, Redcom Lab, Sentel, T Mobil, Verizon Wireless.

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